Pediatric Palliative Care Nursing Competencies 

Pediatric health care providers will tell you: children are not just little adults. Even so, clinical competencies for treating children and youth are sometimes simply transposed from adult-focused protocols. And while many valuable competencies do transfer, other components specific to pediatrics are missing. Hospice palliative care nursing competencies in Canada have also followed this trajectory, but not anymore.


Nationally consistent education

To facilitate nationally consistent education and ongoing professional development practicing in the growing field of pediatric palliative care (PPC), representatives from Canada’s specialized pediatric palliative care programs came together to develop PPC Nursing Competencies.


The competencies can be applied in any setting where children with life-threatening conditions and their families receive care and may also be applied across all types of nurses.


In addition to guiding formal education and orientation activities, the competencies are also an important tool for individual nurses to reflect on their strengths and areas of improvement in their own practice.


BC’s voice

Vancouver’s Canuck Place Children’s Hospice had a vital role representing BC in developing Canada’s Pediatric Palliative Care Nursing Competencies:

Kristina Boyer RN MScA Clinical Program Director, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Camara van Breemen NP(F) MN CHPCN(C), Community Care Team Leader, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice; Clinical Instructor Faculty of Medicine, Palliative Care Division University of British Columbia

Nadine Lusney RN MN CHPCN(C) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice


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